ANOREXIA has the highest death rate of any mental illness â€“ but these seven brave women prove the eating disorder CAN be overcome.
They also show that the self-starvation thought of as a teenage problem can strike at any age.
Mary George of eating disorders charity Beat said: â€œWeâ€™ve had women in their thirties, forties and even fifties affected.â€
Twenty per cent of sufferers die, and another 20 per cent remain chronically ill for life. Only 46 per cent recover completely.
Here KATE THOMPSON finds out how these Sun readers managed to pull themselves back from the brink.